Seven Rebel Basketball Players to Walk at Graduation

May 12, 2005

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss Rebel basketball team will be well represented in Saturday's graduation ceremonies, as seven current and former players will walk across The Grove stage in their cap and gown.

Seniors Kendrick Fox of Oxford, Miss., Justin Johnson of Fayetteville, N.C., Marvin Moore of Marion, Ala., and Chris Rhodes of Houston, Texas, are all bachelor's candidates, while Lonnie Jackson, who has a year of eligibility remaining, is also concluding his undergraduate studies.

In addition, former Rebels Jason Smith and John Gunn will take part in Saturday's ceremonies. Smith, a native of Wheatley, Ark., scored nearly 1,300 points in his four seasons in the Red and Blue, 1996-99. Oxford's own Gunn lettered three seasons with the Rebels, including the program's NCAA Sweet 16 campaign in 2001.

Include the seven participating in graduation ceremonies, some of which have summer courses remaining, and 20 Ole Miss players will have earned their degree in Rod Barnes' seven years as head coach.

"One of the things we stress is for our players to earn their degree," Barnes said. "It's rewarding to me, because it proves that Ole Miss is an environment where student-athletes can excel on the court and in the classroom. I'm grateful for these young men and the good example they set for future players. I know they will be successful in whatever field they choose."

The University of Mississippi commencement ceremonies begin Saturday at 9 a.m. in The Grove. The individual schools' graduation exercises will follow in various locations across campus.

 

 

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